Early Offer Helped Hokies Land Frye

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Virginia Tech was the first school to offer a scholarship to Thomas Dale (Chester, VA) safety/wide receiver Desmond Frye , who in turn made the trek to Blacksburg for the February 26 junior day. Tech being the first to offer, coupled by the experience in Blacksburg days later, gave the Hokies a leg up with the 6-3, 190-pound wide receiver/safety prospect.

“Them being the first offer did make a difference to me,” said Frye, who will join his older sister, Alyssa, as a major college scholarship athlete next year. His sister is a rising sophomore on the College of Charleston’s women’s basketball team. Also, they have an older sister who has graduated from Old Dominion University.

Accompanied by his parents, Frye would visit Virginia Tech two more times before coming to his decision. He was one of many top 2012 class targets in attendance at this past weekend’s Spring Game, which seemingly solidified the talented prospect’s decision. Frye spoke with Thomas Dale head coach Kevin Tucker about the possibility of committing this past Sunday, eventually giving the pledge to Tech primary recruiter Shane Beamer on Monday.

“I really like the environment and how the coaches are,” said Frye, who chose Virginia Tech over offers from Duke, Maryland, South Florida and Virginia. The decision ultimately came down to Tech and UVa, which he visited twice this year. Football-wise, “I just like how Virginia Tech runs the defense. It’s a more aggressive defense.”

Frye’s feeling about the Tech coaches is, obviously, a good one. From the beginning, “Everything was comfortable. It didn’t seem too awkward,” he said, adding that newly hired assistant coach Shane Beamer “kept in contact with me. We talked a lot. He was saying he just moved back to Blacksburg and he liked it a lot.”

Frye said his parents “are excited, too. They liked Tech from the beginning.”

In a breakout junior season, Frye was a two-way starter, tallying over 50 tackles, 16 pass break-ups and four picks at free safety. At wide receiver, he averaged over 19 yards per catch while totaling 527 yards and seven scores on the year. The initial thinking is that he will line up on defense for the maroon and orange in 2012.

“Virginia Tech really likes him at the free safety position,”